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UN Envoy to Meet Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma


A senior UN envoy visiting Burma to press the military government to stop delaying democratic reforms is expected to meet today with the country's detained pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

UN Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari arrived in Burma Thursday for a four-day stay. UN officials say he held talks Friday with government ministers, along with representatives from various ethnic groups in separate meetings.

UN officials say Gambari stressed the need for a more inclusive and transparent political process in Burma.

Gambari previously met Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon last May, becoming the first foreign diplomatic official allowed to see her in more than two years.

Burma has kept Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest in Rangoon for most of the past 17 years, and rarely allows her to meet foreigners.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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